Friday, August 18, 2017

Watercolor Soft Sayings Mask

You may already know that the Soft Sayings kit is one of my favorite things from the Stampin Up Catalog! One of the main things I loved was one of the card overlays. I wanted to use it as a mask. [For those of you like me who hate the idea of using one up that way, remember that you can order a kit refill with more overlays for just $21!]

First I coated it with gloss gel (you could use Mod Podge) to make it a bit more durable. When that dried, I placed the mask over watercolor paper and used a makeup sponge to add Berry Burst and Lemon-Lime Twist inks.

For the card on the left, I removed the mask and spritzed the card front with water--just a little, till the ink started to blend a bit. After it dried, I added a sentiment from Rose Wonder (stamped with the MISTI, so I could re-stamp on the bumpy watercolor paper) in black. Then matted it with Berry Burst cardstock and mounted it on Thick Very Vanilla cardstock. Which reminds me that I need to order more of that!

For the card on the right, I left the mask on the watercolor paper when I spritzed the water. This gave the image clearer lines and made it more defined. When it dried, I mounted it on Gold Glimmer Paper and a Thick Very Vanilla base.

I love both these cards. I can't decide which one I like better! But I'll probably be making more just like this, in different color combinations.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Cell Function and Redox Signaling

Every function of your body--reasoning, heart beating, breathing, bending, sleeping--relies on cell communication. When that communication network is damaged, you and your body just don't feel as good as your should. And you don't function the way you want to!

Cellular communication happens through redox signaling molecules. A byproduct of the energy-producing process of your mitochondria, redox molecules tell your cells when there is a problem and how to fix it. If there aren't enough redox molecules, cell repair and replacement becomes sluggish, and your systems don't work the way they should.

I was born with a genetic immune disorder. I received gammaglobulin shots every month for the first 5 years of my life. As antibiotics became more widely available, they were deemed the correct therapy for keeping me alive.

Unfortunately, they didn't help me be healthy. Asthma attacks, migraines, allergies, inability to fight infection, and a general lack of energy have dominated my health for as long as I can remember. I experienced a small stroke nine years ago, which was a huge setback. My health was fragile. 

Until I started supplementing my redox signaling molecules last year. Then everything changed!

I still get headaches, but I've only had 2 migraines in the last year, instead of 2 or 3 a month. I still catch viruses, but I'm only "a little bit" sick instead of down and out for weeks. I have experienced enormous recovery of my lung capacity, which has been a particular blessing to me as a singer. I have seen improvements I never dreamed of, and I now believe I will live to see my grandchildren.

ASEA redox supplement does not treat or heal any condition, but it enables your cells to begin healing themselves.

I'd love to tell you more of my story, but I'd rather hear yours! Leave a comment or contact me if you have a story to tell or questions about how YOU can feel better!

If you'd like to read medical studies about redox signaling, go here on Google Scholar. Or read about the Nobel Prize in Science for Redox Signaling here.

You can see more on my Ask Amy ASEA Facebook page, too.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ink Spot Designs

Ever since I bought my MISTI, I've been using my ink spots more than my full-size ink pads. They are so handy. Some I make with the Uninked Stampin Spots (p 201), and others have come from Paper Pumpkin kits or other card kits from Stampin Up. Several ink spots were sitting out on my desk recently as I played with my July Paper Pumpkin and color combinations, and these cards were the results.

I stamped each color two or three times, to give it a very imperfect look. I didn't want anything too symmetrical. Then black ink--either for stamping or doodling--was really all that was needed. The color combinations are: Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Lemon-Lime Twist; and Soft Sky, Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, and Berry Burst.

Stamps for the first card are from my go to stamp set lately: Soft Sayings!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Lavender for friends

Daisy Delight was one of the first sets I ordered from the new catalog. Focused on the daisy images, I didn't realize there are several other florals, stems, and sayings.

 After seeing a project using the lavender stems and blossoms, I couldn't resist making these cards!

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Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker's Twine
Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker's Twine

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Homemade Low (or no!) Sugar Granola

Many commercial granolas are full of sugar! If you are looking for a healthy alternative, try my FREE granola recipe! You can change it to suit your tastes, but in my experience, it's helpful to have a place to start. You can add oats to make it go further, if you like.

I shared this recipe on Facebook last week, and it was a hit! If you don't already, follow my AskAmyASEA Facebook page


1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw cashews
(substitute any of your favorite nuts)

1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
½ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
½ cup flax seed meal
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup water
½ cup healthy oil (I  use coconut)
1/4 cup honey, stevia, or healthy sweetener as desired

1.       Preheat oven to 325. Cover jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
2.       Roughly chop nuts.
3.       Melt coconut oil and add Stevia.
4.       Combine nuts, coconut, seeds, and salt. Then add water and mix with hands. Add coconut oil and sweetener mixer and mix well.
5.       Turn out onto baking sheet and press into an even layer. Taste for sweetness and adjust as desired.
6.       Bake for a total of 30-35  minutes. At 10 minutes, stir with spoon and press back down into even layer. Continue baking until fragrant and lightly browned.
7.       Let cool completely in pan. Granola will turn crisper as it cools. Store  in sealed container.

 Makes about 6 cups. (I usually double it.)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Daisy Delight in White

The Daisy Delight set and bundle are back in stock! The classic images and lovely accessories make this a go to suite for me!

I stamped the daisies on Kraft cardstock in Versamark ink, then embossed with white embossing powder. The card on the left has the Daffodil Watercolor Pencil for the flower centers. The card on the right uses a Gold Faceted Gem.

Here are a few photos from the catalog. Scroll down for links to view or purchase from my online store.

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Daisy Punch